This weekend will be the 51st game of the Super Bowl. The Atlanta Falcons will play the New England Patriots for the title on Sunday. Today, I am looking back at the top five Super Bowl games I have watched.
I’m not quite old enough to remember the first Super Bowl, which was not yet known by that name when Green Bay defeated Kansas City. That was in 1967 and I was two years old. The first Super Bowl that I remember watching was 1977 when the Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota 32-14.
Looking back, here are my favorite games:
XX – Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
Yes, it was a huge blowout but I was all about the Super Bowl shuffle, Refrigerator Perry running the ball and Walter Payton finally winning a championship. The Patriots stunned everyone by getting to the game for the first time. They have been back a few times since then.
XLIX – New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
I didn’t really like either of these teams but of the two, I liked the Patriots more. It will always be a mystery why Pete Carroll decided to go with a pass at the New England 1-yard line with 26 seconds left. Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass to save the game for the Patriots. We will never know why the Seahawks didn’t give the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch. Conspiracy theories over this abound. The Patriots were fresh off the “deflate gate” win in the AFC Championship Game.
XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
This was the first close game in several years. Buffalo’s kicker Scott Norwood missed a field goal in the closing seconds. This was the first of four straight Super Bowl appearances – and losses – by Buffalo. Giants running back Ottis Anderson was the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) as he had 21 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown.
XXXIV – St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16
It was indeed a game of inches as Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson was stopped one yard short of the goal line as time expired to give the Rams their first Super Bowl title. The Rams were lead by a potent offensive attack lead by Kurt Warner. The Rams jumped out to a 16-0 lead but it took a game saving tackle by Rams linebacker Mike Jones in the end. This was probably one of the most exciting games on this list.
XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
We will always wonder how this game would have turned out if Cowboy’s tight end Jackie Smith had not dropped a pass in the end zone in the third quarter with the Cowboys trailing the Steelers 21-14. Dallas had to settle for a field goal. That point differential was crucial in the end. The Steelers went up 35-17 in the fourth before the Cowboys rallied to close within 35-31 with 22 seconds left.
Another close one this year?
According to Madden NFL, the video game predicts that the New England Patriots will beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-24 in another close game that comes down to the final seconds.